Rare Renoir leads Bonhams Impressionist & Modern Art sale in New York

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Rare Renoir leads Bonhams Impressionist & Modern Art sale in New York
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Vue de Montmartre. Estimate: $380,000 - 550,000. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- Vue de Montmartre, a rare landscape painting by Pierre-Auguste Renior (1841-1919) leads Bonhams’ Impressionist and Modern Art sale on November 10 in New York. The work, which captures the Belle Époque’s epicenter in the painter’s renowned pallet, has an estimate of $380,000 - 550,000. The 75-lot sale will present works across various artistic mediums including paintings, works on paper, and sculpture, and will include pieces from a number of distinguished private collections – such as the late Ann Reinking, Dr. Paul Cushman, Jr., Adolph and Phyllis Green and Lynda Thomas. Highlights include an exceptional early bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin, a remarkable group of four works on paper by Henri Matisse and two distinguished works on paper by Diego Rivera.

Molly Ott Ambler, Bonhams Head of Fine Art, Americas, states: “This sale offers highly desirable works from important collections, including Renoir’s magical Vue de Montmartre, a majestic view of Paris at its most romantic. With great names such as Degas, Rodin and Rivera also in the line-up, the sale is already attracting interest and we are looking forward to the auction itself on November, 10.”

Anchoring the sale is an extraordinary painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vue de Montmartre (1885), a magnificent landscape depicting a sweeping view of the French capital from the most famous hill in the country. Renoir's signature use of loose, free lines, bold use of harmonious color, and focus on natural luminosity highlight his appreciation for nature in its own right – even within the City of Lights itself. Renoir's affinity for the Parisian neighborhood of Montmartre stemmed from the many years he spent there, mingling with the most esteemed artists of the Belle Époque. Montmartre was a hotbed of artistic talent, allowing Renoir to share his theories and endeavors with like-minded individuals who would become lifelong friends. An exceptional experiment with brushstroke and color, the bold effect of the present work is palpable. Renoir's portrayal of light reverberates beyond the canvas, pulsing out of the impasto paint strokes and bringing the viewer into the scene itself to enjoy the warm vestiges of the setting sun.

Other highlights of the sale include:

• Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Odalisque Avec Damier. Estimate: $70,000 - 100,000.

• Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Frère Et Soeur, (38.7 Cm) (Height) (Conceived Circa 1890-1891. This Bronze Version Cast by the Alexis Rudier Foundry in July 1907) Estimate: $80,000 - 120,000.

The sale presents an exceptional arrangement of 19th century works from important American art collections. A group of four works on paper ranging from ink to pencil by Henri Matisse, including Odalisque avec Damier (1928) comes from the collection of Adolph and Phyllis Green (estimate: $70,000 - 100,000), which also includes the renowned bronze sculpture Frère et Soeur (1890) by Auguste Rodin. This was notably the only known sculpture in Rodin's oeuvre inspired an artistic dialogue with his lover artist Camille Claudel (estimate: $80,000 - 120,000). Charming and youthful, the work serves as a counterpoint to his famously dark tragic universe of La Porte de l'Enfer.

The sale also highlights a magnificent sketch by Edgar Degas. The presented work Préparation pour une pirouette is part of a series of approximately twenty sketches of ballet dancers drawn between 1883 and 1885. The works were sold in Degas' atelier sales, which were held at Galerie Georges Petit in 1918 and 1919. This incredible work has not been on the market since 1919 and comes from the collection of Broadway superstar, the late Ann Reinking. It has an estimate of $30,000-50,000.

Finally, Bonhams offers two extraordinary works on paper by Diego Rivera. Dos mujeres vendiendo fruta (1935), which was published in the extremely rare and limited-edition book Rivera Acuarelas, 1935-1945, Colección Frida Kahlo by Samuel Ramos; and Mujer cargando un (1941). Both hail from an important California collection and have not been on the market since 1971. They have individual estimates of $30,000-50,000.

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